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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program

Madison, WI


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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Offers Top-Notch Research in the High-Quality City of Madison

Graduate students and medical residents end up spending many years in the city where they go to school, so the choice of graduate program location is a non-trivial one. Madison, Wisconsin, is a city of roughly 300,000 people. It has lots of small-city advantages, such as its low cost of living, low volume of traffic, and low crime rate. However, due in part to the University of Wisconsin's presence, Madison houses a highly educated professional population, creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere and making Madison one of the best places to live or work in America. From the natural lakes and parks to the good food and music available downtown, the city of Madison has a lot to offer graduate students.

UW-Madison's Cellular and Molecular Pathology PhD Program Covers Ethics, Pathogenesis, Molecular Studies, and Professional Development

The CMP program specifically focuses on the pathogenesis of human diseases with an integration of basic and clinical medical knowledge of disease into graduate education. This focus is clearly distinct from that of any other training program on campus. Our curriculum is novel at the UW, providing integrated training in fundamental concepts of modern pathobiology with an emphasis on biochemical, cellular and molecular approaches, and providing rigorous in-depth bench-level research training in understanding the fundamental bases of diseases. We have developed and implemented a Histopathology for Translational Scientists course for our CMP graduate students. This course is unique among the graduate curricula, introducing students to the pathogenesis of disease via integration of actual autopsy patient cases. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic mechanisms of disease at the level of cell, organ, and body, as well as the morphologic expression patterns of selected common specific disease processes. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate medicine into graduate training and to gain medical and clinical laboratory knowledge. The CMP Program is the only graduate program on the UW campus where this hands-on translational research opportunity is available. This unique course clearly distinguishes our program from other training programs on this campus. Our goals are to increase each individual CMP student's appreciation of how disease processes directly impact an individual patient and to stimulate ideas for the possible applications of the student's own laboratory research into specific disease processes.

CMP faculty trainer specialties include immunology, immunopathology, cancer biology, neuroscience, neuropathology, and signal transduction. Many of these faculty members are doing cutting-edge research in their fields, ranging from the molecular genetics of type 2 diabetes to the development of vaccines for HIV.

UW-Madison's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Offers Ph.D.s, Residencies, and M.D. Fellowships

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers students the chance to join the Ph.D. Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP), where they will serve in three laboratory rotations before choosing a thesis lab in their first year. The CMP program is a joint venture of the UW-Madison Department of Pathology, the UW-Madison Graduate School, and the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). This interdisciplinary training environment, embedded in an exciting and challenging basic and clinical translational research context, offers a high level of intellectual stimulation for pre-doctoral training.

Pathology graduate students may also avail themselves of the Pathology Residency Program, which provides a solid foundation for the understanding of human disease processes, the knowledge to practice clinical and anatomic pathology in a private or academic setting, and the problem-solving and critical analysis skills required to practice pathology in a setting of graduated responsibilities. Students will study anatomic pathology and clinical pathology in a small program with only 19 residents, generally four or five per class.

The department has made a strong financial commitment to resident research, providing small "grants" to residents so projects can get up and running even if the supervising faculty members do not allocate sufficient funding. In a busy residency situation, this kind of financial backing can be crucial to accomplishing important research. Resident wishing to become involved in clinical research may do so with any faculty member, regardless of department. Students may also pursue M.D. fellowships in pathology.

M.D. Pathology Fellowships Offer Students Valuable Hands-On Experience

Pathology students may opt to pursue an M.D. fellowship in pathology in order to gain valuable experience as well as a stipend. The current stipend is $2,400 for the ten-week summer Angevine Fellowship during which students rotate through seven labs after their first year of medical school.

UW-Madison's Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Program Prepares Students for Success in Private Practice

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency Program provides excellent training in all aspects of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. It provides its residents with the knowledge, skills, and background they need to attain high-caliber fellowship and private practice positions, as well as a path toward academic careers in pathology.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Location & Contact

Address 1685 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI  53706
United States

Phone: 608-262-1234